The idea might suit the leadership aspirations of some potential successors. But wishful thinking and stubborn reality don’t mix – at least not in this case.
The panel, comprising legally-trained Conservative and DUP MPs as well as outside experts, set out their full legal reasoning for rejecting the deal.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
Which presumably means, since Dodds is one of the eight, that the DUP takes the same view.
“People need the opportunity to benefit from their ability, their determination, and their hard-work.”
The former Brexit Secretary doesn’t see how a deal rejected by record margins passes on the second try without substantial changes.
The latter, we believe. And we caution against presuming that they are predisposed to support a revised deal.
It is striking how little the former Foreign Secretary is doing to maintain his lead. Then again, he scarcely needs to stir – for the moment.
The logic of his position was that the UK was leaving by March 29th. It hasn’t changed. The Government’s has. So he’s gone.
I welcome the suggestion that local Associations should follow the lead that the National Convention took last weekend.
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
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The former Brexit Secretary warns of the danger that MPs will believe the Government has not even demanded the necessary concessions from Brussels.
Although the Prime Minister’s position is fragile, there is no sense of a contest in the offing any time soon.
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